Innovating Standards Newsletter - October 2014

TIA Innovating Standards

TIA Quarterly Newsletter (Volume IV, Issue III)

Celebrating World Standards Day

October is the month in which the ICT industry and other likeminded standardized industries celebrate all the effort that goes into making our world and lives run a bit smoother. October 14th is the official World Standards Day and in the US we celebrate that day on October 23rd.

At TIA we like to take a moment during this month to THANK all our standards committee volunteers for their time, dedication and hard work building consensus and solving complex industry problems. It is through this work that consumers have enjoyed robust choices in cell phone services and seamless hand-offs from network to network. Building, campus and residential wiring is not unique to every facility but common guidelines are followed so that upgrades are relatively easy. It is through this effort that our wireless antenna towers stand the tests of weather and time to bring signals to us anywhere across the country. View our video about World Standards Day if you want to spend a few minutes celebrating this worthy effort.

Cabling Update

TIA's standard series addressing Commercial Building Telecommunications cabling is once again undergoing a revision. The five-part series will see the bulk of the parts completing revision in 2015. These parts will address clarification in the defined topology and movement of some content from one part to another part, among other changes.

In November, expect to see a new addendum added to the series, ANSI/TIA-568-C.2-2, Balanced Twisted-Pair Telecommunications Cabling and Components Standard, Addendum 2: Additional Considerations for Category 6A Patch Cord Testing. This new addendum incorporates an alternative patch cord test head for cat6a cords. This is an adjustment to add additional tests that are used by international IEC standards. It includes instruction on how to calculate the limit lines for Cat 6A cords according to ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 when using the alternative test heads. It is TIA's members' goal to eliminate practical differences in field and lab measurement techniques by making this change in the TIA-568 standards.

Also watch out for the publication of TIA-1005-A-1, Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Industrial Premises Addendum 1, M12-8 X-coding Connector. The M12 connectors are rugged, compact, sealed connectors used for sensor/actuator connectivity in industrial control applications. M12-8 pin connector with X-coding makes it possible to transmit up to 10 Gbps. This addendum specifies the electrical and mechanical requirements for an M12-8 X-coding connector with Cat6A performance.

The new performance level for multimode fiber (MMF) project (TIA-492AAAE) opened in June, and began work in earnest at the last TR-42 meeting this October. This project will support the optimization of high-speed transmission over MMF. This performance standard will address the next generation of MMF which is sometimes referred to as wide band multimode fiber (WBMMF).

Existing OM3 and OM4 multimode fibers have a rather limited ability to support high speed transmission using wavelengths different than the 850nm wavelength for which they are optimized. This new generation of multimode fiber greatly expands that ability, while retaining support for legacy 850nm applications.

WBMMF can support four or more wavelengths to significantly improve capacity. For example, this new type of fiber could enable transmission of 100Gbps over a single pair of fibers rather than the four or 10 pairs used today.

Cat6a Consortium – The consortium has launched again to address Cat8 and bring that cabling to market. We have been working on a draft technical paper in TR-42.7 that discusses applications for Category 8 cabling in the data center and cost-effective deployment topologies. These deployment strategies leverage the increased bandwidth capabilities of Category 8 cabling to support 40 gigabit data transmission (40GBASE-T) on copper structured cabling.

We are looking at the possibility of promoting copper structured cabling via the Cat6A Consortium with published white papers on the TIAonline website. We have a teleconference scheduled for Monday, October 27th to discuss the steps required to re-activate the consortium.

TIA welcomes all our participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings. If you have any questions regarding the committee, please contact Germaine Palangdao.

TIA is holding a Data Center Workshop on November 11 and 12th. TIA's Data Center Workshop offers a multi-faceted view of how to evaluate computing to serve highly varied needs. With a Pre-Workshop Data Center Tour planned for November 11, come prepared for a productive event covering:

  • The New Economics of Data
  • Architecture & Cabling for Beyond-100G in the Data Center
  • Cybersecurity for Distributed Computing
  • Preparing the Workforce for Tomorrow's Networking Needs

Find further details on the Data Center Workshop at this link.

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Acoustic Advances

The TIA engineering committee TR-41 addresses performance and accessibility needs for communications products. TR-41 met the week of August, 19th at TIA's offices in Arlington, VA. Committee members met with key leadership from the FCC Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau and the U.S. Access Board.

For background, the U.S. Access Board is an independent federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. The focus of the meeting was to inform the government representatives about TIA's suite of standards related to performance of ICT equipment for the accessibility community, and to let them know that the TIA standards program is robust and can assist them in solving technology problems. The TIA members sought information about how useful the current outreach tools are and offered to make improvements if needed.

TIA welcomes all participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings. If you have any questions regarding the TR-41 committee or are interested in participating in the task groups, please contact Marianna Kramarikova.

Private Radio Buzz

Twenty-five years ago, a meeting at the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC laid the groundwork for the development of the Project 25 Standards that have gained worldwide acceptance for public safety, security, public service and commercial applications of interoperable digital two-way radio products. The initial meeting developed the framework for the standardization of digital public-safety communications. It was an effort to base standards on user requirements. TIA became a key partner, providing necessary technical knowledge and standards procedures.

As we celebrate the silver anniversary there is no doubt that Project 25 is a success. It met and exceeded its original goals of spectrum efficiency, backward compatibility, competition and perhaps most importantly, interoperability. Project 25 is the predominant public-safety technology in the United States and is accepted as a primary public-safety standard in 83 countries worldwide.

Pictured here from left to right are John Wright, President of APCO; Geoff Spring, Director International Business Development and Strategy, APCO Australia; Grant Seiffert, President, TIA and Ron Williscroft, Director, APCO Canada. TIA took great pleasure in hosting a dinner on Wednesday, October 22nd in Denver, Colorado to recognize the professionals who made these achievements possible. The celebration was held during the TIA TR-8 Mobile and Personal Private Radio Standards Committee meetings from Tuesday through Thursday, October 21-23, 2014.

TIA welcomes all participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings. If you have any questions regarding the TR-8 committee or are interested in participating in the task groups, please contact Marianna Kramarikova.

Sending Signals

The ANSI/TIA-222 standard Structural Steel Standards for Steel Antenna Towers and Supporting Structures is well known among tower manufacturers and constructors. Its evolution has followed industry needs.

This year TIA celebrates the 55th anniversary as the nation's first standard providing guidance in the design of communications towers. In 1959, the 12-page EIA-RS-222 standard, developed by TIA's committee on Microwave Relay Systems for Communications, provided a uniform method of specifying and calculating tower designs. These standards applied to steel transmitting antennas and to supporting towers.

As tall towers (up to 2,000') become widespread in the 1980s, a new revision of the structural standard, EIA TIA-222-C, was released, taking into account real-world knowledge about tall towers which supported significantly more weight. Effects of wind and icing became more apparent and were addressed in later editions of the standard.

2006 brought the most sweeping changes with the TIA-222-G revision and is the most comprehensive standard to date. Its design philosophy changed to limit state design from allowable stress design. It also considers topography that may affect structure performance with respect to wind, e.g. atop a hill or mountain. TIA-222-G also expands on the safety requirements and received recognition from the International Building Code.

With the widespread deployment of wireless mobile telephone networks within past few years, new tower structures are becoming more prevalent. The TIA TR-14 Structural Standards for Communication and Small Wind Turbine Support Structures Engineering Committee continues its work on the structural standard with a new revision ANSI TIA-222-H. It is up for discussion at the next scheduled meeting on October 29, 2014 at the Raleigh/Durham Research Triangle.

On October 14, 2014 the FCC and US Department of Labor hosted the Tower Climber Safety Workshop. The Workshop included two panels. One examined the high fatality rate, the other identified best practices. TIA participants were among panelists to speak on one consistent theme: keep tower climbers alive and safe. Find more information and view the recording of the Workshop at this link. here

After concluding remarks, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler closed the workshop with a national signing ceremony for Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). For more info, click here. More information on the TIRAP initiative will be provided at the TR-14 meeting in Raleigh this week.

TIA welcomes all participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings. If you have any questions regarding the TR-14 committee or are interested in participating in the task groups, please contact Marianna Kramarikova.

TIA T&S International Activities

The SC25 Plenary meeting was held in Beijing, China from September 14-19. During this meeting the JTC 1/SC 25/ WG 1, Home Electronics Systems met and re-elected Ken Wacks, Home, Building & Utility Systems, of the United States delegation as the Convener for the Working Group.

During this meeting the working group completed and continued work in some key areas such as the Home Electronic System architecture, communication protocols, methods for device discovery on a home network, product interoperability, and energy management. The next meeting is proposed to take place on March 16-20, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

JTC 1/SC 25/ WG 3 on customer premises cabling also met in Beijing. The meeting addressed key applications related to Internet connectivity, interconnections of data center and LANs, and infrastructure for wireless systems. This meeting released for publication a standard addressing information technology guidance for balanced cabling in support of at least 40 Gbit/s data transmission for next generation Ethernet over twisted-pair cabling. The standard is based on current and future twisted-pair cabling components. It includes the investigation of preliminary specifications for new channel classes.

TIA welcomes all our participants to attend and engage in the committee meetings. If you have any questions regarding the committee, please contact Florence Otieno at fotieno@tiaonline.org

Vehicular Communications

TIA has always been seen as a leader in telecommunications standardization development. In addition to the association's close involvement in the transportation-related bills and acts in Congress, TIA is also engaged in standard development for global Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for the new generation vehicular communications.

TIA has been participating in ISO TC204 WG16 activities for years. WG16 is working on the communication aspects of ITS Stations. The work governs the protocols for Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), and Infrastructure to Infrastructure (I2I) communications in ITS.

The current interests of the group including LTE for ITS, Probe Data (for vehicles), Disaster Recovery (communications through vehicles in disastrous situations), IPv6 (including alignments with CoAP and 6LowPAN) for ITS. The group also maintains close working relations with IEEE 1609, which plays an important role in V2V communications. WG16 is also working on providing comments for the recently started ANPRM (Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) process for V2V.

Since ISO is a country-based organization, all decisions are made through the experts nominated to the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) and coordinated through ITS America. Currently, Dr. Mitch Tseng, Chair of TIA TR-48 Engineering Committee (Vehicular Telematics), is serving as the Rapporteur of WG16 and a Liaison to TR-48.

WG16 had a meeting in Daejeon, Korea on August 25 through 29. The next meeting is this week in Vancouver along with ISO TC204 Plenary. Please contact Germaine Palangdao for joining and participating in TR-48 activities, and Dr. Mitch Tseng for WG16 August meeting summary and general inquiries.

Recent Appearances

Marianna Kramarikova attended the public meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) which brings area leaders together from the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. The COG October meeting hosted a Public Safety Communications Subcommittee group which is of particular interest to TIA and its members. In the metro D.C. region over 65,000 radios are in deployment. This subcommittee discussed ISSI to link connections, programming issues, and upgrade needs.

Tony Jasionowski, the Senior Group Manager Accessibility — Panasonic Corporation of North America, and Marianna Kramarikova, Manager of Standards and Technology — TIA held a panel on "TIA:Developing Standards for Accessibility" at Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program Association (TEDPA) conference. TEDPA supports those who manage specialized telecommunication equipment distribution programs for persons with disabilities. This four-day conference was filled with education, technology and networking.

Jeff Hannah attended the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) meeting held in Baltimore, MD the week of Oct. 6. The conference had some great discussions of high-powered edge data centers, measuring broadband evolution in America and consumer usage of bandwidth.

To inquire about participating in TIA standards developing efforts, please contact standards@tiaonline.org or learn more about the TIA standards development program on our website. See if our next technology meeting is near you by visiting the TIA Engineering Committees' meetings calendar.